BESTSELLERS

LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Though fans of the author's fiction will find illumination, a memoir this compelling and entertaining—one that frequently collapses the distinction between comedy and tragedy—should expand his readership beyond those who have loved his novels. Read full book review >
BRAINSTORM by Daniel J. Siegel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014
Smart advice, if unnecessarily repackaged, on providing the most supportive and brain-healthy environment during the tumultuous years of adolescence. Read full book review >

RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann Krentz

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Another Krentz winner. Read full book review >
FEAR NOTHING by Lisa Gardner
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
If you think Gardner pulled out all the stops in D.D.'s previous cases (Catch Me, 2012, etc.), you ain't seen nothing yet. Better fasten your seat belt for this roller-coaster ride through family hell. Read full book review >
THE PAGAN LORD by Bernard Cornwell

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
The big set pieces are more impressive than the realistically meandering odyssey that threads them together. The most consistent motif is Uhtred's undying and principled hostility to "the nailed god" of Christianity and the threat he represents to the warrior code Uhtred so perfectly embodies. Read full book review >

STANDUP GUY by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
The subplots lead nowhere, and the main upshot of Fratelli's little problem is some uncharacteristically salty language. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014
Kidd's portrait of white slave-owning Southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated, while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 2013
Significant historical acts and events are here put into unique perspective by a participant. (Memoir. 11-14)Read full book review >
THE DEATH TRADE by Jack Higgins

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2013
Brief thrills but continuous action. Read full book review >
HAZARDOUS DUTY by W.E.B. Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2013
This SNL-meets-Spy vs. Spy story isn't Carl Hiaasen laugh-out-loud funny, but Griffin draws what humor he can from once-upon-a-time deeds of derring-do, complex plans to divert a president's lunacies, Gulfstream V continent-hopping and zero action. Read full book review >
I FUNNY by James Patterson
Released: Dec. 12, 2012
The affecting ending, which reveals a more vulnerable Jamie behind the guise of his humor, celebrates Jamie's resilient spirit. (Fiction. 10-13)Read full book review >
SYCAMORE ROW by John Grisham

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013
Trademark Grisham, with carefully situated echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird. A top-notch thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >